American Experience
American Experience (2004)

As the United States began to withdraw from Vietnam, many Vietnamese women who'd borne children fathered by American servicemen feared for the safety of their offspring, as many Vietcong were extremely prejudiced against people of mixed… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An emotionally wrenching portrayal of a family reunion that doesn't turn out as expected.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Stands as a powerful record of a truly historic event in the annals of rap.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

A concert film that captures last year's Garden party along with well-orchestrated, if not especially revealing, behind-the-scenes footage.

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Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

A moving and troubling documentary.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This doesn't stand with the great hip-hop documentaries.

Richard Harrington
Washington Post

A spectacular concert documentary that also gives some fascinating insights into the making of 'The Black Album.'

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Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict

[E]ntertaining, just a wee bit self indulgent, and highly emotional at times, Jay-Z's farewell performance [is] a sensational, if occasionally shallow, concert experience.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I'm more familiar with Jersey than with Jay-Z, but I found it difficult to watch this concert (shot in 2003) without gaining some appreciation for the rapper's rapid-fire verbal acrobatics.

Ashante Infantry
Toronto Star

Against a vibrant, well-lit backdrop, he performs his biggest hits with an intensity and clarity that should allow even the uninitiated to appreciate the lyrical dexterity which makes him the genre's dean, the first rapper profiled on 60 Minutes.

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Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

A solid concert flick and a surface-deep peek at how the music gets made, but ultimately the final product feels like a well-polished piece of marketing machinery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An Amer-Asian woman travels to Vietnam to meet her long-lost mother. Aside from a few forays into a discussion of cultural and racial differences -- the… More